Soccer: Former UEFA chief Platini lashes out at Blatter

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Ex-UEFA president Michel Platini has criticized former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, saying the Swiss who led soccer's world body for 17 years was determined to make him "his last scalp".

Platini and Blatter were banned from all football-related activities, initially for eight years, over a 2 million Swiss francs ($2.00 million) payment FIFA made to Platini in 2011, with Blatter's approval, for work done a decade earlier.

The Frenchman said the 81-year-old Blatter was the most selfish person he had ever known. "He thought he would grow old, finish then die and be buried in FIFA. It was his wish," said Platini in an interview. "He always said that I would be his last scalp. I know he had a fixation on me, to the end. Don't always believe what Blatter says. He'll always tell you what you want to hear but he's an exceptional political animal."

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